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Look Into My Eyes

April 10, 2013

by Manjeet Birk

i could feel her eyes lingering over me,

both intentionally

and unintentionally.


as though,

the only thing

that would avert her gaze

is the threat of mine.


i wondered

if she wondered

if i wondered

what she was thinking.


if i felt confined within her judgements,

if i feared them

or more so

if i felt complete by them.


slowly and purposefully

i looked over to meet her gaze

only to watch it turn away.


what is it

about looking people

in the eyes

that we find so frightening?


Manjeet Birk lives on the traditional unceded territory of the Coast Salish.  She is currently a doctoral student in Education at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests focus on women’s organizing, racialized and Indigenous girls, and social justice. With a lifetime of experience organizing, troubling and challenging systems, Manjeet is always looking for new ways to re-conceptualize a more beautiful world.

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